Launch a career designing and managing development initiatives that address critical social problems like hunger, poverty, conflict, and human rights abuses.
The Middlebury Institute Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares you to lead project teams, specialized departments, or development organizations that work for social change, including NGOs, governments, and UN agencies around the world.
Guaranteed $10K Scholarships
We guarantee a $10,000 scholarship per year (prorated by program length) if you request scholarship consideration in your online application to the MPA program. You may also receive additional merit and need-based scholarships. Learn more about scholarships, grants, and other aid.
You will take courses in management and leadership, finance and administration, evaluation, policy and data analysis, development theories, and more. You will learn to translate mission into effective social change programs by engaging in intimate discussions, hands-on projects, and fieldwork that may take you as far as Rwanda or as close as the challenges of Salinas, California. Your classes will often feature work with real clients, allowing you to develop practical skills before you graduate.
To open up your global career opportunities, you will take content courses in a second language and/or courses in intercultural competence.
Earn this 60-credit degree over four full-time semesters at our Monterey, California, campus. If you have relevant course work and/or experience, you may be able to complete the degree in two or three semesters.
See the curriculum for more details.
Customize Your Degree
The flexibility in our curriculum gives you opportunities to customize your degree through studying a second language or intercultural competence, optional specializations, professional practica, accelerated programs, joint degrees, our International Policy and Development program, and Peace Corps connections. Check out the degree overview for your options.
Launch Your Career
Career and Academic Advising
Your career and academic advising are integrated, ensuring you align your course work with your career goals. The same advisor will guide you from course registration to preparing for interviews and negotiating your employment offers.
The D.C. Advantage
Many of our students plan to work in Washington, D.C., after they graduate. Our large and influential alumni network in the capital is eager to help you prepare you for your next steps. Our Middlebury in DC office is centrally located and provides the entire Middlebury community with a wealth of resources. Furthermore, our annual Career Exploration Week in the nation’s capital gives you facilitated and direct access to D.C.-based employers.
The Middlebury Institute is an excellent place to launch your career, whether your path leads to D.C. or elsewhere. Our graduates are working at organizations like the United Nations, Catholic Relief Services, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Explore careers in public administration.
Research and Practice
Build valuable professional experience while earning your degree and be ready to make an impact in your career as soon as you graduate. You’ll benefit from our research centers, labs, and initiatives. Enhance your education with a graduate assistantship and attend events and conferences with leading experts.
- The Center for Conflict Studies focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts and therefore approaches conflicts as vehicles for change.
- The Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies enables students with advanced Russian language skills to professionalize their interest in Russia and Eurasia.
- The Digital Learning Commons is your campus hub for technology, creative problem solving, exploration, and peer-to-peer teaching and learning.
- The Mixed-Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab addresses the growing need for data-savvy professionals across a broad range of fields.
Professors and Practitioners
While other graduate schools rely on teaching assistants, our students have direct access to our faculty, who combine academic expertise with years of professional experience in major international organizations, including UNCHR (the UN Refugee Agency), USAID, the World Bank, and the U.S. State Department.